Centre for Social and Sustainable Innovation (CSSI)

BCom students

Innovation with sustainability

The Gustavson Greenshifters placed second in a Canada-wide business competition. Their prize-fetching business idea? Marginalized workers in China would collect used chopsticks from restaurants that would then be used to create upmarket furniture, diverting up to 45-billion pairs of chopsticks from landfills.

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Leat Ahrony and Emily Thiessen Sustainability Champions 2015

Student Sustainability Champions 2015


Sustainability in the classroom

Part of our mandate is to support the Gustavson faculty in updating or expanding education materials. There is a wealth of readings, cases and guest speakers that bridge sustainability and marketing, accounting, operations, finance and human resources.

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CSSI staff

Our staff can open a door to an array of sustainability resources

We provide various resources that help students, faculty and staff incorporate all kinds of sustainability into their studies, careers and lives. Meet our people learn more about who we are and what we do.

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Find out how Gustavson students and graduates are changing the world

Every month we'll aim to feature a creative, smart and sustainable Gustavson student or graduate.

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Matt Murphy with students

Coffee and co-operatives can stimulate an economy

A team of Gustavson MBA students, pictured here with faculty adviser Matt Murphy, placed in the top three in the world at the Nespresso AAA Sustainable Quality MBA Challenge 2013. Their proposal aimed to stimulate the creation of co-operatives throughout coffee-growing regions; the co-operatives would then address the various problems related to inter-generational succession, climate change and improving farming technique.

Centre for Social and Sustainable Innovation

At the CSSI it is our goal, role, and pleasure to help build Gustavson's Sustainability pillar from a heartfelt expression of our values and strengths into an innovative connector that links students, teachers, researchers, and community.

We focus on Education, Research, and Operations at Gustavson, guided by our own strategic plan and by the United Nations Global Compact Principles for Responsible Management Education. From ethics to eco-preneurship, from shared value to sharing economies, we open doors to resources that help students, faculty, staff, and the business community integrate all kinds of sustainability into their studies, careers, and lives.

How can we help you?

Business students start their Gustavson experience with international teamwork, sustainability, and a whole lot of creativity.

View more CSSI videos on the Gustavson School of Business YouTube channel.

  • Bart Simpson talks to CSSI - Filmmaker Bart Simpson talks to Gustavson's Centre for Social and Sustainable Innovation about film, business and social responsibility.
  • Faces of UVic Research: Monika Winn - our director explains the ways in which business can be made more sustainable, and explains that the public demand for large companies to have environmental transparency leads CEO's and businesses to become more sustainable.
  • The world looks different from here - a short trip, through the students eyes, of the unique experiences they have with the Gustavson School of Business in class, on exchange overseas, on internship and most importantly having fun together.

View more CSSI videos on the Gustavson School of Business YouTube channel.